There is something nice about knowing that (Washington Post article) there is a world in which designer labels, shades of lipstick, the latest electronic gadget and the quest for popularity takes a back seat. Being smart in high school may not be kool, but being stupid has a way of losing its luster ... aside from other more bloody fallout.
It's nice to see that the United States -- mimicking, for a moment, perhaps, what Asian countries regularly do -- -- can occasionally elevate those who may never make the football team but know and connect a whole lot of stuff..
Swami Vivekananda wrote, "The mind (he meant intellect) is a good servant and a poor master." He was right on target, but I sometimes think it takes a bit of mental willingness and effort to see his point.